Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Eagles Nest Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked on 5/7/18 ( a Monday morning) with my dog. Lots of snow, slush and mud. Requires careful footing as the snow is fairly deep in many areas. Mid hiking boots were fine, but snow boots or trax would’ve been better. Also wished I had my trekking poles with me. Found some sturdy branches. Overall, it’s a very pretty trail and lake. Worth the hike. However, this was on a Monday morning with no one around. Would definitely avoid going here on the weekend.

Have done this trail a few times. Definitely a more difficult trail. Trail is difficult to find with snow, but this app helps a lot. Most of the way is uphill, but worth it. Especially if you continue up to the ridge to see Lost Lake. Gorgeous views.

Great packed trail. Made it out just after the morning snowfall. Suggest spikes or yaktrax. Many off leash dogs for head pats.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Mar 24 2018 - Easy morning snowshoeing adventure. We got some snow the night before, so snowshoes were necessary for the duration. Some falling thru fresh powder involved here. I had the serene, snow-covered lake to myself at the top, and it was a really nice experience. No real excellent panoramic views and sporadic forest coverage. [3.3/5]

snowshoeing
2 months ago

the trail was really packed down at the beginning so could get away with just yak tracks, but about a mile in got a little looser and you would probably want snowshoes. Overall a nice mellow meander through the snowy forest.

hiking
2 months ago

Well packed trail, we only used shoe spikes. Didn’t feel the need for snowshoes. Great view of Frisco along the trail, the lake at the end of the trail is beautiful!

Did this a few weeks ago and it was tough in snow shoes! The bottom of the trail is along the highway but if you park in the free copper lots it’s way better. We were the only people on the trail with fresh powder, Doesn’t get much better than that!

on Lily Pad Lake Trail

3 months ago

Great trail! Perfect length !

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Really nice little snowshoeing hike. Not too long and not too short. We had a blast. Weather was great!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This was my first time snowshoeing and this trail was great. Beautiful with fresh snow just a day ago and not too hard. Next time I'll try more elevation gain and/or a longer hike. Great views near the trailhead and a pleasant place to stop at the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

If you're picking this trail because of the lake(s) - I'd say don't. We hiked this in the late summer/early fall and while the trail itself was nice, the views were a little disappointing.

Pretty difficult, but very enjoyable. Great views of Copper. Lakes completely covered and barely visible this time of year but still beautiful while it’s snowing. Definitely need snow shoes! Make sure you park in the Copper parking lot which is just across the bridge- easy access to the trailhead!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Tons of snow at the top and great views of Copper! Beautiful but definitely steep and challenging. We were the ONLY people on the trail! Worth it once you get to the top!

cross country skiing
4 months ago

Watch for falling trees with gusty winds!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Trail to Lost Lake was nonexistent, so bring a topo just in case. Trail to Wheeler lakes was clear but definitely need snow shoes this time of year, pack the crampons just in case.

trail running
4 months ago

Awesome little run on packed powder. Great conditions!

Beautiful views!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great trail!

4 months ago

We used the recommendation of parking at Copper Mountain Alpine Lot. It was worth it! Only hiked along the highway briefly. Spikes are highly recommended especially coming down the trail, snow shoes would’ve been nice once we got to the lakes but a pain to carry up. You can survive without them though. The views of the mountains are completely worth it once you get up near the lakes. The lakes are covered in snow so a little disappointing but everything else made it a great day. Oh and if you find a dog bootie let us know ;) we lost one in the snow.

hiking
4 months ago

Something you should know that no one commented on previously —half this trail is along the highway. This is the least scenic hiking we have ever done—you walk right along the highway like a hitchhiker for the first mile and you can still hear traffic 40 minutes Up the trail. You will inhale lots of exhaust fumes. Once you get up to the trail split for the wheeler lake spur the trail is much more scenic and peaceful however the wheeler lakes are really more like ponds. The views of the mountains at the end of the trail are worth it but this is probably not the most worthwhile hiking trail around. The snow was packed down pretty well until the last half mile and the trail was easy to find. The grade isn’t very steep and the footing was good. We took just under 3 hours round trip with breaks from the gore valley trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

Made the mistake of backpacking this trail in late May. Still knee deep snow, so the lakes were under a foot or so of snow once we got up there. We did manage to find some dry ground in the trees near the lakes and camped out for the night. The views were great even without the lakes and I would love to go back later in the summer and give it another go!

Also free (limited availability) parking near the Conoco across from the Copper Mountain parking lot not far from the trailhead.

It is one of the most beautiful, scenic hikes I’ve taken ( it would only improve if there were some above-tree line hiking. It didn’t hurt that the Aspen where in full golden-glory with just enough of a breeze to “flutter” the leaves. Simply stunning. This is not a hike you conquer; it is one you savor, like a slow-cooked stew, a well aged Scotch, or a crisp evening around a campfire or burn pit with good friends or loved ones.

The moderate hike rating is accurate if for no other reason than it is nearly 9 miles round trip. And even though I hiked the trail on a Saturday it was not very congested (not at all like RMNP). I recommend this hike, take your time, you will not be sorry.

Perfect for those who are not serious hikers. Beautiful lake at the end of the trail.

Loved this trail! It was absolutely gorgeous.

follow the protrails info on this hike to get directions closer and bypass some of hiking along i70. I liked this hike! got the heart pumping and great views. especially do the spur at the second lake. I slipped 3 times on ice but I was too lazy to put on my spikes. also I ran into two sets of hunters, so just be aware and I would recommend dogs on a leash.

My wife and I age 30 in good shape hiked this trail at a moderate pace to a boulder at the very top of the waterfall for a picnic lunch. We stopped in an open field to the left about 2 miles in that had a lake and a gorgeous view of mountain peaks. In all we stopped for a total of about 2 hours. We left at 9am and were back to the car at 3:50. Beware of horse poop and when you get to the middle of the waterfall, go through the woods to the right off the path to get to an upper path that takes you to the highest point of the waterfall on a bald boulder for a complete overlook. It doesn’t seem a lot of people know about that. We found it by chance. Absolutely worth everything. It was breathtaking!

7 months ago

We mistakenly took the trail head and lower Piney lake and then Meadow Creek Road. Still pretty but the 9-mile dirt road made me like it less than others.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike not too challenging except we didn't realize it was an out and back and ended up on Meadow Creek as we didn't turn around. We had to turn around and come back up (which was difficult) as we were not near our car. It ended up being much longer but fun.

great hike! Aspen groves, rubber crossing, water fall at the end. no complaints.

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy trail that ends with a beautiful lake & view!

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